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KFMF18: Celtic, Nordic and Hispanic funk and folk fill the night

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – Music and songs from Icelandic film and television composer Atli Örvarsson’s band Torrek and the movies of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar enlivened the night on June 1 in a funk and funk concert called Dance2Cinema: … Continue reading

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KFMF18: The sound of music, Polish style

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – Often in minor chords and melancholy but then again rousing, lush and hopeful, the music of Polish cinema filled the newly named Krzysztof Penderecki Hall at ICE Kraków Thursday night as the Film Music Festival … Continue reading

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KFMF18: Penderecki, Goldenthal make spines tingle

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – Krzysztof Penderecki does not make music for movies, directors make films for his music. That, at least, is how it appeared at the Kraków Film Music Festival’s Penderecki2Cinema concert Wednesday evening. The legendary Polish composer … Continue reading

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KFMF18: Elliot Goldenthal on the ability to inspire

By Ray Bennett KRAKÓW – American composer Elliot Goldenthal paid tribute to two Polish heroes at a media conference to open the 11th annual Krakow Film Music Festival today. Oscar-winner for “Frida” and recipient of the festival’s first Wojciech Kilar … Continue reading

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KFMF18: Michael Nyman: Music that defines a world

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – When Michael Nyman asked director Jane Campion why she chose him to write the music for her 1996 film “The Piano”, she said something that pleased the iconic British composer very much. “You’re the only … Continue reading

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Diversity in the top Academy Awards: a look at the numbers

By Ray Bennett LONDON – In the discussion about diversity in the top prizes of the Academy Awards, it’s worth noting that the Oscar for best director has gone to a white American male only five times in the 16 … Continue reading

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BAFTA Film Awards: my predictions and favourites

By Ray Bennett LONDON – My hopes are with Guillermo del Toro’s dazzling “The Shape of Water” (pictured) at tonight’s 71st British Academy Film Awards although such is the high calibre of most of the nominees that it would be … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film ‘Phantom Thread’, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as an eccentric and punctilious fashion designer in 1950s London, is a thoroughly absorbing intellectual horror film in which the horror is entirely internal.

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FILM REVIEW: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Given the times, it’s no surprise that Steven Spielberg wants to tell the story of a corrupt swine in the White House who turns the press into an enemy. It’s also hardly surprising that film … Continue reading

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‘The Shape of Water’ leads BAFTA 2018 film nominations

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The BAFTA Film Awards nominations for 2018 are the usual mix of richly deserved and dubious possibilities with full marks for the inclusion of ‘The Shape of Water’ (pictured) and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ … Continue reading

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